California Relocation Guide

Located along the Pacific Coast, the state of California is home to two of the most populated urban regions in the United States, the Greater Los Angeles Area and the San Francisco Bay Area. California is the third-largest and most populous state in the US, and has a $2.8 trillion economy, the largest in the country. If California was a country, it would have the fifth largest economy in the world.

California remains one of the most expensive states to live in the US. The most expensive area includes San Francisco and the Bay Area, where average home prices exceed over US$1 million (2017). For short-term stays, Airbnb has become the more popular option. Hotels are located throughout the state, but prices may vary and have to compete with the burgeoning Airbnb and other self-rental services.

Most major cities have a bussing system with routes across all parts of the city. As cities spread out, several transfers may be required to get from point to point. Long Beach and Martinez have their own city metro that reaches all parts of the cities. Bus passes are available for purchase or payment can be made with coins and dollar bills when boarding the bus.

California is known for wine, accounting for nearly 90% of American wine production. If California were a separate country, it would be the fourth largest wine producer, with more than 1,200 wineries in the state, ranging from small boutique wineries to large corporations with distribution around the globe.